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Lightning back in East final for third time in 4 years

By FRED GOODALLAP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning know the grind. Back in the Eastern Conference final for the third time in four years, the Atlantic Division winners led the NHL in scoring this season but have been even more impressive defensively through the first …

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Ohtani strong in return to mound as Angels beat Mariners 8-2

By TIM BOOTHAP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) – After nearly two weeks off the mound due to a sprained ankle, Shohei Ohtani was a bit surprised about how he felt. He was less surprised by how he pitched. “I had no worries about my command. I felt like today I …

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Harvick takes the checkered flag at Dover for 4th win

By DAN GELSTONAP Sports Writer DOVER, Del. (AP) – Kevin Harvick was flanked by his Stewart-Haas Racing team on the victory lane stage when a photographer yelled at the group, “What are you holding up?” “Four!” they shouted in unison. Harvick, team owner Tony Stewart and the rest flashed their …

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World Cup: Cahill makes Australia’s provisional squad

SYDNEY (AP) – Tim Cahill is in Australia’s provisional squad for the World Cup in Russia, boosting his prospects of being selected for a fourth straight tournament. Cahill was among 32 players announced by coach Bert van Marwijk on Monday, but the veteran forward faces an anxious wait before knowing …

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Expansion Golden Knights top Sharks to make conference final

By JOSH DUBOWAP Sports Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Shortly after the San Jose Sharks were denied by the iron for the fourth time of the night, Marc-Andre Fleury rubbed the goal post to thank it for his good fortune. There’s something magical about the ride the expansion Vegas …

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LEADING OFF: Strasburg back in SD, Betts rests for Bronx

By The Associated Press A look at what’s happening around the majors today: HOMEGROWN Washington ace Stephen Strasburg was born and raised in the San Diego area and was the overall No. 1 draft pick out of San Diego State in 2009. He returns home to start at Petco Park …

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Cards’ Molina has surgery, out 1 month after hit in groin

By KURT VOIGTAP Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) – Mike Matheny knows all too well the usual aches and pains associated with catching in the major leagues. That experience told the St. Louis Cardinals manager that the pain Yadier Molina was in after being hit in the groin by a …

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Lightning eliminate Bruins with 3-1 win in Game 5

By FRED GOODALLAP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning, with a primary assist from a team that handled them during the regular season, are back in the Eastern Conference final for the third time in four years. Thank you, Boston Bruins. “I guess I can say …

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Jason Day captures Wells Fargo for second win of season

By STEVE REEDAP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Jason Day channeled his inner LeBron James and captured his second PGA Tour event of the season. Day said he drew inspiration from James’ Game 3 buzzer-beater against the Toronto Raptors before he pulled off his own clutch shot on Sunday. …

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Hosmer homers again, Padres top Dodgers 3-0 in Mexico finale

By CARLOS RODRIGUEZAssociated Press MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) – Eric Hosmer and the San Diego Padres enjoyed their visit to Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey. Hosmer homered for the second straight day, Eric Lauer got his first big league win and the Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 Sunday to take …

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